About Patterson + Sheridan LLP
Patterson + Sheridan is an IP Boutique with seven offices nationwide—three in Texas, it’s home state; two in California; and one each in North Carolina and New Jersey. At about 80 attorneys strong, many with technical and scientific backgrounds, the firm serves the IP needs of clients across a broad range of industries.
Patterson + Sheridan was founded by Todd Patterson in 1996 in Houston, TX. The firm opened with just one client: Applied Materials, a global semiconductor equipment manufacturer. But the firm made a good impression and word quickly spread: Clients like IBM, Weatherford International, and Exxon Mobile soon sought out the firm’s services, and they remain clients to this day. It’s no wonder the firm attracts and keeps its clients—it focuses on providing exemplary service across the board. For example, the firm doesn’t even charge clients for travel expenses; it owns a plane to fly lawyers across the country whenever needed.
IP Wins Galore
Patterson + Sheridan offers a full suite of IP services, including brand protection, litigation and dispute resolution, patent preparation and prosecution, technology licensing, and other IP transactions. The firm handles IP matters in industries including biotechnology, chemical, clean technology, communications technology, consumer products, medical devices and procedures, nanotechnology, oil and gas, industrial products, financial technology, and optics. The firm’s experience and breadth attracts big-name clients like Weatherford, Fox Racing, Olympia Tools, Prysm, Wild Well Control, and VMware, to name a few examples.
Since opening its doors, the firm has made waves in the IP world. Representative experiences include securing a number of patents for World Energy Systems, Inc.; helping a Fortune 100 client quickly obtain patents related to a new polymer with a wide array of applications; defending a Fortune 500 company in a five-day trial regarding patent infringement claims worth multimillions and confirming the verdict on appeal in the Federal Circuit; enforcing trademarks on behalf of Taylor Guitars, including by attending trade shows to seek out counterfeits; and representing a large player in the oil industry in a multi-party infringement lawsuit brought by a patent troll and obtaining dismissal in the pleadings stage.
Midsize Firm, Big Diversity Initiatives
Patterson + Sheridan demonstrates a real commitment to diversity. The firm recently announced a new initiative partnering with CareerSpring to assist first generation college students as they enter the work force. The firm also has an annual scholarship for Black and African American patent-bar takers which covers all costs, including the prep course, travel expenses, application fees, and the exam itself. The firm is participating in the new Mansfield Rule for Midsize Firms initiative, which includes taking a pledge that at least 30 percent of candidates for a given rule are from an underrepresented population. And the firm is a five-year sponsor of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Women in IP Law committee.
24 Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX 77046
Phone: (713) 623-4844
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
50 - 100
Chief Talent Officer
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 0
Houston, TX (HQ)
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Patent Preparation & Prosecution
Technology Licensing & IP Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.